Virgin Hyperloop One, Bee'ah attend Gitex Technology Week 2019
CW rounds up key construction, engineering, and smart city entities to visit at the 39th edition of the tech exhibition in Dubai
The 39th Gitex Technology Week exhibition will open its doors to more than 100,000 visitors at Dubai World Trade Centre on 6 October 2019, with the five-day event to feature exhibitors such as Virgin Hyperloop One, General Motors, Rolls Royce, Intel, and Bee’ah, in addition to UAE Government agencies such as Ministry of Health and Prevention, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, and Ministry of Finance, as well as government authorities from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ajman, among others.
Exhibiting at Gitex for the first time, Virgin Hyperloop One will showcase how its technology – which features electromagnetically levitated pods travelling through low-pressure tubes at speeds of up to 1,223kmph – can improve mobility across the world.
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) plans to unveil 10 digital platform projects at Gitex 2019. The STC-backed projects cover the fields of economics, digital payments, education, and technology, according to Construction Week’s sister title ITP.net.
Thirty-two government and academic agencies from Abu Dhabi will exhibit at Gitex 2019’s Abu Dhabi Government Pavilion, with notable outfits including Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, Department of Economic Development, Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi Global Market, and Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.
Additionally, Microsoft, Sprinklr, Cisco, IBM, Etisalat, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise will participate at Gitex 2019 under the Abu Dhabi Government Pavilion.
Smart Dubai, the authority tasked with leading the UAE emirate’s smart city transformation, will showcase Dubai Paperless Strategy 2021 – launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, in February 2018 – at Gitex 2019.
Smart Dubai will also offer a preview of its upcoming Data Decentralisation Platform, expected to act as a central data-sharing platform between government and private-sector entities, at the event.
Dubai South will showcase EZ Dubai, its recently launched e-commerce hub within its Logistics District, as well as Business Park’s office packages, at Gitex 2019.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (Dewa) stand at Sheikh Saeed Hall, meanwhile, will seek to “introduce visitors to its latest services, initiatives, and projects”, according to UAE state news agency, Wam.
Dewa is expected to outline its efforts in areas such as disruptive technology, artificial intelligence (AI), automation, clean energy, and smart grids and meters at Gitex 2019.
Sharjah-headquartered Bee’ah will shed light on technologies related to smart buildings, sustainable transport, and advanced waste management systems at Gitex 2019.
A key focus of Bee’ah’s stand will be its futuristic office, a Zaha Hadid Architects-designed structure that will, according to UAE state news agency Wam, “feature a digital persona and a sweeping array of smart building solutions powered by Microsoft”, in addition to Johnson Controls’ digital vault offering.
Bee’ah companies Evoteq and Emirates Waste to Energy Company will also have a presence at Gitex 2019.
Sharjah Department of e-Government announced that 33 government departments would participate in Gitex 2019 to highlight Sharjah e-Government’s “determination to support digital transformation and develop processes and systems across government entities in the emirate”.
Ajman Free Zone will participate at this year’s Gitex exhibition by showcasing how its application of new technologies has “transformed the customer experience and enabled it to compete on a global scale for business investment”, Wam reported.
Additionally, Ajman Free Zone plans to showcase new methods of communication using mobile phones at Gitex 2019, and is expected to outline its intentions to use AI and robot process automation for its future plans.
GITEX SMART CITY ZENS
The Gitex Smart Citi Zens conference, including chief information officer at City of Atlanta, Gary Brantley; Minister of the Government of Moscow and head of the department of information technologies of Moscow, Eduard Lysenko; and chief technology officer of innovation and lead for public and tech at the Netherlands’ City of Amsterdam government, Aik van Eemeren.